Neighbors React to Fatal Shooting in West Odessa

By Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

WEST ODESSA - There were still lots of unanswered questions after a shooting that killed one and injured four others, and deputies were out scouring that neighborhood talking to residents trying to figure out what led to the gunfire on Sunday Night.

While Sheriff's Deputies continue their investigation, people living in the West Odessa neighborhood told NewsWest 9, the deadly violence hit a little too close to home.

"They've been a little noisy, a little rowdy, they tend to make a lot of noise at night," Neighbor, Mary Brady, said. "So, yeah, I mean, I was shocked there was a shooting, but we've had a little bit of trouble with noise late at night and things like that over there."

While many neighbors say the shots jolted them awake, Brady says she was already up when the sound of bullets, followed by screaming, disturbed her night.

"I heard some gunshots, then there was a pause, and more gunshots, and then I heard a car door slam and the car pealed out and sped away," Brady said.

She says when she looked outside she could see one person lying on the ground with others surrounding him.

"They were screaming and yelling, so I called 911," Brady said. "I didn't know another person had been shot until the second ambulance had gotten here. There was one young man who walked to the ambulance holding his stomach area and then they had another young man on a gurney, but they put him in the first ambulance."

A total of five people were shot on Sunday morning.

Now a broken back window and blood that can't be seen from the street are the only evidence of the shootings.

While Brady says she didn't know the people well, she's now thinking of them.

"It doesn't matter what happened when you lose someone," Brady said. "It's always very upsetting and they're definitely in my prayers."

On Sunday, NewsWest 9 also spoke to one of the men who lived at the home and the father of another. While they didn't want to speak on camera they are asking folks to keep all of the families involved in their prayers.

The Ector County Sheriff's Office is also asking the public for help.

They're asking that anyone with information about the shootings to call the Ector County Sheriff's Office at 335-3050 or Crime Stoppers at 333-TIPS.